Haute Route Alpe d'Huez 2017
Event dates - 12th to 15th July,
New for 2017 is the Haute Route Alpe d’Huez. This brand new 3 day Cyclo-Sportive will be based out of Alpe d’Huez, one of the most popular cycling destinations in France, if not the world.
Choice of 4, 5, 6, or 7 nights accommodation
The inaugural Haute Route Alpe d’Huez is set to take place from the 12th-14th July 2017. We are pleased to offer travel packages with airport transfers, staff support, hotel in Alpe d’Huez and guaranteed entries to the 2017 Haute Route Alpe d’Huez.
The inaugural Haute Route Alpe d’Huez will consist of 3 timed stages, starting with an individual time trial up the legendary 21 hairpins. The 3 day event will cover a total of 250km, with over 8,000m of climbing. It will take in all 3 ascents of Alpe d’Huez, from Bourg d’Oisans, Villard-Reculas and Col de Sarenne.
The concept of the Haute Route Alpe d’Huez is like the other 5 haute Route events: Haute Route Rockies, Haute Route Pyrenees, Haute Route Alps, Haute Route Dolomites and Haute Route Mont Ventoux.
Consecutive timed stages (including one ‘Marathon Stage’ and one individual time-trial), legendary cols, minimal flat sections, mountain top finishes where possible and individual timing. All this with Haute Route Pro support to emulate the Pro Cyclist experience as much as is possible for an amateur cyclist. To view more information, please visit the official website: www.hauteroute.org.
Check out a great article from the Guardian that takes a closer look into the Haute Route highs and heartbreak – what motivates cyclists on tough rides? Read more here.
Why book 2017 Haute Route Alpe d’Huez with us?
Sports Tours International have been involved with the Haute Route from the very beginning. We know how to support our athletes during this physically and mentally demanding event. Our support package lets you fully focus on the job at hand.
- Airport transfers and evening meals are included
- You will know in advance what hotel you are staying at. The 4 star hotel Pic Blanc is in an ideal location and of excellent standard
- Our experienced reps and pro mechanic will be on hand throughout the event to support you
- We transport you and your bike to and from the finish and start if required
- We provide daily private feed and support stops en route
- We provide airport transfers and transport for non-riding partners who book through us
About the hotels:
**** Hotel Pic Blanc:
The Pic Blanc is a 4 star hotel in Alpe d’Huez, named after the 3,330m Pic Blanc mountain. At the heart of this stunning resort is a charming chalet with cosy lounge areas, open fires, spacious suites and bedrooms, indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, gym, restaurant, bar and large living rooms.
Your stay here will be on a half board basis, so you can relax in the hotel’s Le Gypaete restaurant, located above a waterfall with views looking out over the mountains.
The indoor swimming pool is open to all guests, and you can book locally for a session in the sauna, hammam or jacuzzi.
** Hotel La Belle Aurore Alpe d’Huez:
The Hotel La Belle Aurore is a basic, 2 star hotel located in the centre of L’Alpe d’Huez. The hotel has free WiFi, a restaurant and a terrace and is located at the top of the main shopping street and at a 5 minute walk from the outdoor pool. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar and outside sun terrace. A terrace or balcony are featured in certain rooms. Every room has a private bathroom fitted with a bath or shower.
Your stay here will be on a half board basis with evening meals included.
At the hotel there is a bike room and our mechanics use the hotel as their base so mechanical assistance is on hand when you need it.
Travel Itinerary for the 2017 Haute Route Alpe d'Huez:
Monday July 10th – Optional Early Arrival:
Our transfer will leave Geneva airport at 15.00 and we expect to get to Alpe d’Huez for about 18.00.
Tuesday July 11th – Arrival Day & Registration:
The event village is located in Alpe d’Huez where we will be in place to welcome the 2017 Haute Route Alpe d’Huez riders. Arrive directly at the hotel or take the option to make use of our airport transfer. Our transfer will leave Geneva airport at 15.00 and we expect to get to Alpe d’Huez for about 18.00. We will go straight to registration.
This evening we will organise a race briefing and you will have the opportunity to meet your fellow riders.
Included with your entry you will receive among other things:
- 1 Haute Route back pack
- Mechanical support from Mavic both at each race village and along the route (not for repairing punctures)
- A personalised frame plate and 2 sets of race numbers
- Pit stops, refreshment breaks (solid, liquid, energy products) on each stage
- A hot meal at the finish of each stage
Wednesday July 12th – Alpe d’Huez Time Trial (16km, 1,135m+):
The 2017 inaugural Haute Route Alpe d’Huez will start with an Individual Time Trial from Bourg d’Oisans, climbing the famous 21 hairpins. It’s your chance to make your mark on one of the most iconic climbs in cycling. After you finish, enjoy the evening meal at our hotel.
Thursday July 13th – Alpe d’Huez to Alpe d’Huez (152km, 4,300m+):
Stage 2 takes in some of the toughest climbs in the region, with the Col du Glandon and Col de la Croix de Fer on the menu before the final climb of Alpe d’Huez from Villard-Reculas.
The day starts not far from our hotel in Alpe d’Huez, descending through Villard-Reculas towards the Lac du Verney and the start of the long climb towards the Col du Glandon at 1,942m. The route then descends into the Maurienne valley – the following 10km are the only flat section of the event – before starting almost 30km of gruelling climbing to reach the 2,067m summit of the Col de la Croix de Fer. A descent back to the Lac du Verney is followed by the final ascent to Alpe d’Huez via Villard-Reculas.
Friday July 14th – Bourg d’Oisans to Alpe d’Huez (80km, 3,260m+):
The third and final stage again starts from Bourg d’Oisans. A comparatively short climb through the village of Le Cert starts the day, followed by a descent towards the Lac du Chambon for the start of the climb up to Les Deux Alpes. At 1,652m the route takes a quick tour through this resort, before descending back towards the Lac du Chambon. This is followed by a climb of the Col de Sarenne (1,999m) before the final climb to Lac Besson, at 2,074m, (subject to confirmation).
After descending back into Alpe d’Huez to celebrate completing the event, we will return to our hotel for an evening meal.
Saturday July 15th – Departure Day:
Today we will run one airport transfer back to Geneva Airport at 08.00 only. Please book flights at 14.00 or later if you would like to make use of our transfer. Alternatively, why not stay for another couple of nights with us and take part in the 2017 Etape du Tour on Sunday July 16th? It’s only an hour’s drive from Alpe d’Huez to Briancon.
Sunday July 16th – The 2017 Etape du Tour:
The 2017 Etape du Tour will take place in the Alps on Sunday 16 July. The start is in the town of Briancon in the Serre Chevalier Valley and the finish comes 178km and 2 major climbs later on top of the Col d’Izoard.
We anticipate a 07:00/08:00 start for the Etape, so after an early breakfast we will drive you to the start in Briancon so you can get to the start early to ensure everyone is lined up in the right pens for the start. The organisers allocate pens according to likely finish time and historic Etape performance, therefore faster riders start nearer the front and the slower riders at the back. Please note, we have no influence over your starting pen. The Etape du Tour is a closed road sportive. There will be water stops en-route and mechanical assistance provided by MAVIC. Along the route, there are certain times that you must have passed certain spots, otherwise you may be swept up by the broom wagon.
The return from the finish....
You will descend back down from the finish on top of the Col d’Izoard to the finish village in Briancon where you will get your medal and food. Once you are ready, we will drive you back to Alpe d’Huez. We will ensure that there is a later meal time tonight.
Monday July 17th – Departure Day:
Today we will run one airport transfer back to Geneva Airport at 08.00 only. Please book flights at 14.00 or later if you would like to make use of our transfer.
4 nights at the 4* Pic Blanc Hotel on Half Board:
£829 per person based on sharing a twin or double room
£199 per person supplement for the single occupancy of a room
5 nights at the 4* Pic Blanc Hotel on Half Board:
£929 per person based on sharing a twin or double room
£239 per person supplement for the single occupancy of a room
6 nights at the 4* Pic Blanc Hotel on Half Board:
£1,139 per person based on sharing a twin or double room
£289 per person supplement for the single occupancy of a room
7 nights at the 4* Pic Blanc Hotel on Half Board:
£1,239 per person based on sharing a twin or double room
£339 per person supplement for the single occupancy of a room
4 nights at the 2* Belle Aurore Hotel on Half Board:
£659 per person based on sharing a twin or double room
£119 per person supplement for the single occupancy of a room
5 nights at the 2* Belle Aurore Hotel on Half Board:
£729 per person based on sharing a twin or double room
£149 per person supplement for the single occupancy of a room
Included in your travel packages is:
- 4/5/6/7 nights accommodation at our hotel in Alpe d’Huez
- Daily breakfasts
- Evening meals (half board packages only)
- Secure bike storage at the hotel
- Airport transfers at set times – 15.00 on arrival and 08.00 on departure
- Transport after the finish or to the start if required
- Transport of non-riding friends or partners to and from stages
- Sports Tours staff support during each stage and in the evenings
- A Sports Tours International cycling jersey made by Santini – More information
Also available with our travel packages is:
- The £519 (€595 if booked with organisers) Haute Route entry plus all extras that this includes (Please view www.hauteroute.org for details) – this is payable at time of booking and is included in your deposit
- Etape du Tour entry: £75
- Travel Insurance – highly recommended. Please visit our insurance page
- To take part in the 2017 Haute Route you have to get a medical certificate signed by your doctor within the last year from the event date, our partners offer online medical certification.
HOW TO BOOK:
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At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit per person plus any applicable entry fee. The balance of your travel package must be paid, at the latest, 12 weeks before departure to avoid the cancellation of your trip.
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To take part in the 2017 Haute Route you have to get a medical certificate signed by your doctor within the last year from the event date, our partners offer online medical certification.
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Single travellers and twin to share:
We welcome single travellers on our tours and holidays as it is a great way to join a like-minded group of people and you will make lots of new friends. If you would like to join our group as a single traveller we can offer you two options. A single room or if you want to avoid the single supplement then you can make use of our ‘twin to share’ option. We will pair you up with another traveller (of the same sex) and you can enjoy the event without having to pay extra.
General, visa, passport and health information:
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For details of specialist sports travel insurance for our travel packages, please visit our insurance page. You must ensure that your travel insurance policy covers you to participate in cycling events. There is additional information about our other Concierge Services on our special web page.